Oak Aged Wheat Wine | Church Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by nhindian on 10-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by nhindian:
Photo of nhindian
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A - Pours a light amber color that appears clear despite the abundance of wheat within this beer. After a brief struggle, a faint semblance of a head forms and grows to about a finger in height. Although it fades quickly, it leaves a wispy cap and lace that speckles the glass.

S - The nose is interesting and somewhat unlike anything I've had before. There is a huge vanilla and butterscotch note that almost reminds me of creme brulee in its gourmet sweetness. There's also a graininess that comes across at the end, probably due to the wheat and malt.

T - After the intriguing nose, I'm relieved to taste that the flavor doesn't shy away. There is a lot of depth in this beer and the contribution the barrel brings in the development of the flavors is fantastic. Even here, the main flavor hovers around the oak, with a strong vanilla flavor. While sweet, it isn't cloying, despite the butterscotch that comes into play near the end. The malt does play a bigger role, as the wheat gives the overall flavor a well-rounded, sweet flavor. A slight alcohol note creeps in during the finish to serve as a warming influence.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Despite how big this beer taste, it doesn't really feel that way. The wheat does wonders in softening the feel and abrasiveness, and the finish is long without being clingy.

D/O - Drinkability is high. One of the most unique wheatwines I've had the pleasure of trying. This is an exercise in barrel-aging that truly imparts a wonderful addition to the base beer. Definitely worth a try and this growler will disappear much easier than I want it to.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap at the brewpub

Pours a ruddy brown with a white lacing for a head.

Smells of cocoa and licorice with a hint of something like hazelnut.

Flavor is a bit cloying, tart like grapes and mild citrus mixed with molasses and raisin sweetness on top of brown sugar with a buttery note as well.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the back of the tongue.

Big and rich, a bit hard to stomach to be honest. I wanted to like this beer more. The sweet and tart aren't bad, but together they mix to make something that is a little overwhelming. This beer gets better as it warms up, though, and by the end it was actually fine. Worth a try, reminded me of some of the heavier He'Brew offerings like the anniversary series.

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Photo of Juuroumaru
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Mibarak
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mothman
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Beige head. Color is a dark caramel hued brown.

Flavor is of butterscotch and toasted oats. There is some kind of fruity brightness here. Maybe it's coming from the hops. A lot of vanilla and wood flavors. Very malty and very complex.

Mouthfeel: warming and smooth. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was very tasty. I was surprised with how good this was. I'd easily have more.

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Oak Aged Wheat Wine from Church Brew Works
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 5 ratings